It has been almost two years since my last post on this blog , although I do check in once in a while. Thanks to all those who contact me by email about new work and with compliments about the work posted here. 2012 was a tough year for the one man wood biz so I ended up taking a regular, part-time job in early 2013 to keep things rolling. It’s been a bit of a transition working for a company again after being solo for about 15 years , but the part-time nature of it allows me to keep working on projects as they come along. I have also noticed that it has made my woodshop time that much more enjoyable and allowed me to think about new designs I would like to explore as time allows.
Here are a few of the things I have been chipping away at recently. Hopefully, it won’t be as long until my next post with some more photos of new designs. As always, I welcome your comments and inquiries on this blog and by email. The wait times for custom projects have lengthened but, if you’re not in a hurry, I’m always interested in new work.
It struck me that I have not posted an update to my blog in a while even though the projects continue to move through the shop. As always, please email me if you have any questions about these items. If you are visiting this blog for the first time, welcome. Please scroll down to see earlier posts and earlier projects. I am hoping to make the blog a little easier to navigate in the future but I trust this will give you an idea of what I do with my time.
I am pleased to post that my work is now available at West Coast ECO Home in Sidney, on Vancouver Island, BC. ( www.westcoastecohome.com ) For those of you who are lucky enough to live on Vancouver Island or if you’re just visiting, take a trip down to 2348 Beacon Avenue in Sidney to see the unique collection of British Columbia woodwork offered by owner Anita Rydygier. From furniture to accents and art pieces, the focus is on sustainable and fresh one of a kind design, in an inviting new space.
This past week I visited the new Oh Brothers store on West Broadway in Vancouver and met with owner Clarisa Niks. Clarisa has put together an outstanding display of Canadian craft and I am very pleased that my work will be part of it. It is just the place to find the unique work of local artisans such as pottery, painting, glassware, jewelry and of course woodwork . Look for a selection of my vases on display with more to come. For store details please see the Oh Brothers website at www.ohbrothersbc.com
In the spring of 2009 a large Cottonwood tree was taken down in Maple Ridge Park. For days I passed by the massive trunk knowing that it was destined for firewood or a landfill. Those I spoke with said that cottonwood was a poor wood for working and unlikely to yield anything other than frustration, but with permission from the municipality I picked up a couple of large pieces and decided to find out for myself.
What I discovered was a wood of deep yellows and browns with a hardness close to that of Douglas Fir or Hemlock.when dry. The grain was twisted and interlocked and took on a three dimensional appearance in some places when the finish was applied. In seasoning the wood warped considerably so this would not be my first choice for furniture but for my uniquely shaped bowls it was perfect.